The ability to rise through the ranks of corporate America, to secure a future with a guaranteed higher standard of living, is only affordable to those able to pay the initial cost and thus, a preordained corporate capitalist hierarchy is constructed in which the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.
The American Dream promises of a better tomorrow in which the masses, through hard work and determination, will be able to rise through the ranks and secure their own stature in society as an individual of wealth and comfort. Nevertheless, this promise is one constructed and manipulated by the elites and their propaganda machines to perpetuate the constant work and toil of the masses, the people who represent their slave-like workers. Living check-to-check, the people are deluded into believing that things will get eventually improve and that their sweat and tears will be rewarded with the ability to purchase their own white picket fenced house and sports cars. This delusion has allowed for the capitalist hierarchy to proliferate, allowing the elites consolidate their hold on the power structure and even spread their grasp to both the political and financial infrastructure of the American system. With the voice of the people being suppressed by their own complicit behavior, the elites have a free reign to buy the voice of the politicians and ensure their profits rise higher and higher at the expense of the people at home and the people abroad, those targeted for their resources and cheap labor. The situation is exacerbated by the reality that the only viable option to infiltrate the elite circle of corporations and banks is to have the wealth and power to buy into it. The system of connections and bribes has essentially preordained those who will be able to rise into the class of elites, whilst condemning the majority to languish in an eternal purgatory of struggle and strife for a standard of living based on check-to-check living. The free world, as promised by the American Dream, is sold to the masses as a beacon of hope in which America is believed to be the land of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet, the reality is a nation founded on exploitation and manipulation to ensure that the majority of people sold on this pipe dream are also the ones most adversely affected by this exploitative system. Promising that with hard work, all dreams are possible in the US, the elitists are able to convince tens of millions of people to struggle on in the workforce to help move the great American behemoth towards material gains only enjoyed by the elites in their lavish homes. These hollow ideals are fed to Americans from the cradle to the grace, but the extent of capitalist greed spreads to other nations courtesy of the propagandistic Voice of America (VOA) and the United States Information Agency (USIA). Evidently, the corporate controlled propaganda machine is powerful and more than capable of convincing millions around the world that the American Dream is an actuality and can be secured by surrendering to an established norm of corporate control.
“I seen a lot of rip-offs in my life. The rip-offs of the old and of the young, the weak, the sick, the never known. Stabbed repeatedly in the back by the Wall Street suit. The Washington hack. Lining up their pockets with the peoples’ cash and laughing all the way to the bank.” – Anti-Flag, “The Economy is Suffering, Let it Die”
America is a nation founded, built and sustained on exploitation of people. It is through the elitist control of the system’s assets that the promises of a better tomorrow keep the engines of war and profit going, keep the great beast complicit and working, and keep the nation in a perpetual state of blissful ignorance, so as to ensure the status quo remains. The elite are permeated within the halls of Congress, Wall Street and the elitist oriented Higher Educational institutions of America; three bastion of elitist values that illustrate the American ideal – disparity of wealth and power. The American people toil hours, day in and day out, striving to pursue the unattainable carrot that has been placed in front of them by the lofty elitist bastions. Their blood, sweat and tears are being exhausted on ensuring that the lavish lives of the elites does not change, consolidating a standard of living for the elites that is defined by ultimate wealth and power. The extent to which the capitalist hierarchy controls the path of the nation in favor of the rich is illustrated in the numerous foreign imperial exploits, as well as the bailouts. The American people were forced to work longer and harder in the few jobs available in order to maintain a standard of living that was barely livable before. Rather than lending a helping hand to reward the efforts of the people keeping the American infrastructure aloft, the policies of the American government turned towards its priority – bailing out the corrupt banks and corporations responsible for the recession, for the despair that had rooted itself in the hearts of the people forced out their homes. The government bailed out Wall Street with a recovery package of $13 trillion, money that came from the American people and added to a national debt already astoundingly high. This national debt has also become a tool through which the elites attempt to waylay the people, forcing the masses to sacrifice more to higher taxes, less medical coverage, and cutting the few government programs that were a slight relief for the toiling masses. As the American people are denied their healthcare, provided to all in every other industrialized country, the disparity in wealth and power grows every wider. The gap between the small percentage of elites at the top and rest of the populace is more than ever before. The Federal Reserve reports that the top seven banks in American have over $10 trillion in assets recorded in over 14,000 created ‘subsidiaries’ to avoid taxes. So saying, the top 1% hide more than the total annual economic output of American and Japan combined. This overt disparity leaves millions without homes, food and bare essential medical coverage.
“The richest of the rich, dine in fancy chic cafes, not a worry all their days. The cost of luxury, throughout empires of history, is vengeance from those empire enslaves.” – Anti-Flag, “No Paradise”
The ruling class of elites does whatever it can to retain as much capital as they possible can, eagerly striving to gorge their financial coffers at the expense of the people subjecting themselves to a myriad of unfriendly labor conditions and with virtually no socially conductive safety net. The oppressed and deluded people have been trained to have blind and unwavering faith in a capitalist hierarchy in which they will never prosper. The economic system that dominates the American society is not built to sustain all or even most of its populous; rather, it is catered for the extremely wealthy and their families and thus justifying their corrupt capitalist takeover of all assets to ensure the masses remain chasing the myth of the American Dream. 77% of working Americans are living check-to-check, embodying the notion of rugged individualism that has been inculcated into their hearts and minds. Yet the notion of rugged individualism has become a flawed concept manipulated and warped to adhere to the pro-labor message of the propaganda machines. The elite controlled propagandistic corporations demand the people work day in and day out, pay 30% or more in taxes and receive little in return – meanwhile the elites pay 15% or less in taxes on things like capital gains and hefty inheritances. It is their unquestioned power and wealth that has allowed them to proliferate the pro-rich policies of the American government, financing campaigning and determining which wealth candidate will be in the primaries. The conservative capitalists have become the puppeteers of an entire nation, ensuring the road forward will remain one in which they profit and the poor do not. Their control of the corporate based government, corporate media and the vertical economy, has allowed for them to dictate the national priorities.
“One trillion dollars could buy a lot of bling. One trillion dollars could buy most anything. One trillion dollars buying bullets, buying guns. One trillion dollars in the hands of killers, thugs.” – Anti-Flag, “One Trillion Dollars”
In retrospect, the American people are deluded into a false sense that better days are coming by a system of propaganda controlled and operated by a small class of wealthy elites whose objectives are to perpetuate their profits and perpetuate the widening disparity that keeps the workers at bay. The erroneous belief that America’s system is conductive to the creation and sustaining of prosperity for all is an American myth designed to continue the onward march of the great beast at the behest of the controlling capitalists.